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Houzz Tour: Lovingly Resurrecting a Historic Queen Anne

Dedication and a keen eye turn a neglected eyesore into the jewel of its Atlanta neighborhood Full Story
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Comforts of Home
One of the best before and after's on houzz. Keep integrity of the house and the neighborhood, but made this home beautiful and inviting:)
April 7, 2014 at 11:13am     
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My Houzz: Breezy Beauty in 750 Square Feet

High in the San Francisco hills, a family of 4 chooses a view over space — with enviable results Full Story
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Quickfoot
Yet again, proof that done right, less is actually more. Beautiful!
April 9, 2014 at 1:37am     
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My Houzz: From Dated to Dreamy in 3 Weeks

The results belie the speedy makeover of this 1940s Quebec home — which not even a colony of ants could derail Full Story
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simps214
3 weeks? Must be why all the design shows are in Canada :)
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zweiback
Really wonderful job. I second painting or staining the banquette - it looks too raw compared to the polished look of the rest of the remodel. But please, no collaging!
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lisadoll
Congratulations on your fabulous renovation.
This is a beautifully done home, but it wasn't the decor that made everyone feel instantly at home for the first holiday. It was the graciousness of the couple who lives there!
It's refreshing to see a young couple who is just so respectful , and appreciative of the talents of generations past, while incorporating their own fresh ideas.
It's so lovely that dad helped with furniture construction; that the original blueprints are framed, and that vintage fixtures and family finds are included.
I adore the bold choice of "decorator's white" throughout, and also the color of the kitchen cabinets! The deep color anchors the countertop and I find that contrast is the key to making a statement in a small space.
Thanks for the great reno advice,
and may you have many happy years together renovating future homes. I'm sure this is ONLY THE BEGINNING!
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My Houzz: Relaxed, Classic and Collected in New Jersey

Artfully displayed collections speak to thoughtfulness and creativity in a jewelry maker’s home Full Story
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simps214
Beautiful home-I love that all the collections are on display!

Also, am I the only one tiring of grey as the only neutral? This is a lovely shade of beige.
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pattykatity
I love the collections and coloring in this living room!
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Very shabby chic ! Love the suitcases pile !
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Houzz Tour: Vintage and New Make a Groovy Mix in Houston

A 1970s-loving designer sprinkles fur-covered benches, graphic art and vintage pieces among classic furnishings for an eclectic look Full Story
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simps214
Wow! I pinned that kitchen years ago, never knowing where it was from!

Houzz and Pinterest, my guilty pleasures unite.
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Studio NOO Design
Great style, I love this house...especially the fury benches !!!
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laura47
Awesome and stunning home! Love that your boy has an appreciation for those great records!
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Off the Grid: Ready to Pull the Plug on City Power?

What to consider if you want to stop relying on public utilities — or just have a more energy-efficient home Full Story
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simps214
While I really admire the concept- and hope we all do our best to act responsibly with our resources-I'm not sure Thoreau was talking about homes that are cost-prohibitive for the majority of the world.

On the other hand, looking at expensive houses is one of my favorite guilty pleasures on Houzz! :)
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marsia
In Northern CA where we live there are companies that rent solar panels, so your electric bill will be about the same as from the standard electric company, so if you want to help the environment and not make a big investment, this seems like an affordable way to go.

We got off of propane by using a pellet stove that vents to a couple rooms in the house (a Wittus). In my mom's house (which is attached to our house), we will put a pellet furnace which will tie in to the existing duct work of the old propane furnace. We were disgusted that propane and natural gas prices mimic the prices of imported oil though they should be cheaper, so chose to go off propane. We also have solar hot water, and are wired for solar panels (tied in to the grid) and just need to save up for them. There are federal incentives and tax write offs until 2016 for solar. Having a well insulated remodel also makes it so we really don't need to run the pellet stove as much, despite the really cold winter we just had.

One thing to consider before going completely off-grid - we went to an open house where the seller could not sell his house because mortgage lenders would not lend to buyers for an off-grid house - they wanted the house tied in to the grid. It was a beautiful house that would have been snagged up instantly otherwise. Maybe check with your realtor before going completely off-grid.

I am excited to see the rest of the series!
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gregbaker
Another topic I want to learn more about is the use of DC appliances. I'm no electrical engineer; but, I do know that DC/AC inversion wastes a great deal of energy, and the inverters themselves make up a large percentage of the upfront cost of solar and wind facilities. AC is a byproduct of the grid. Without a grid, there is no inherent need for AC apart from the choice/need to use AC appliances and equipment. NASA has used 24v DC for decades to make optimal use of solar power. I would be interested in the state of the art relating to kitchen appliances, HVAC, fans, pumps, etc. I would also like to hear about DC/DC transformers instead of AC/DC transformers for gadget charging.
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Kathy Tracey Design LLC
I love the simple clean lines of the brick fireplace, either painted or not. A stone fireplace has it's place in a very rustic environment!
April 8, 2014 at 2:59pm     
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Granite and marble are stones too. Stone does not have to be rustic.
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From Canning Porch to Beautiful Vintage Bath in Oregon

Thrifty finds and DIY labor transform a cramped space into a serene hotel-style bath on a budget Full Story
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simps214
Pardon me while I collect my jaw from the floor...
April 6, 2014 at 8:03pm     
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jojo123, the rest of the house has seen a lot of remodeling since I wrote this article, but here is a look at the rest of the Atkinson Farm House as it was almost two years ago:
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Carol Cox
love that house! God bless them and let them enjoy it a long, long time.
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Houzz Tour: Breathing Easy in the New York Suburbs

Low-chemical furnishings make a family home easy on the nose, while transitional style makes it easy on the eyes Full Story
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simps214
The banquette is my favorite but the powder room is a close second!
March 26, 2014 at 11:20am     
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artisticgurl44
Super Sensational very nice
April 9, 2014 at 8:12am   
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jennskenn
where'd you get the linen shades?
April 9, 2014 at 10:22am   
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ikwewe
LOL about the motorhead. My hubby INSISTS on the garage being attached to the house. Every house we looked at, he talked about adding an attached garage. Beautiful intact 1943 Craftsman bungalow? Oh, we can break through the kitchen wall right here to attach the three car garage plus RV garage he wants to build on the extra lot. Um, no. We left that one go by even though I loved it. Couldn't see polluting it with an attached monstrosity. I keep talking about getting a remote extra garage building since our huge car plus RV attached garage won't hold his toys. He keeps trying to figure out where he can attach one to the house. :^p
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Thanks for the ideas ladies...we have a detached garage right now, so no exhaust fumes! We lived in another house with an attached garage for 3 years, and that was tough! I had no idea how much "pain" my motorhead was in!

As far as unloading groceries etc. I'm with Sigrid...just don't go shopping on rainy or snowy days. I don't have kids to worry about either...too old for that!

Ikwewe I feel your pain! They just need their space...I just wish I had a greenhouse! Maybe in another life...
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Houzz Tour: Better Flow for a Los Angeles Bungalow

Goodbye, confusing layout and cramped kitchen. Hello, new entryway and expansive cooking space Full Story
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This is beautiful! Just curiosity here but could you show a sketch of the before and after? It's kind of hard to tell how the layout was changed from the pictures.
March 12, 2014 at 7:46am     
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smwhitaker
I am a tea nut, always have been. There's nothing worse than electric teapots. They never bring the water to a good rolling boil to steep your tea in! Especially depending on what type of tea you are steeping. Electric teapots always turn off as soon as they start to boil and cool down just as quickly. You can keep them. They will never have a place in my kitchen.
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Madhabi Mukherjee
i'm very fond of copper kettle though traditional, bright copper elevates my mood & in search of one.
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Houzz Tour: Updating a Midcentury Aerie in the Berkeley Hills

The setting was splendid; the house, not so much. Now the two are right in line, with high quality to spare Full Story
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1annabelle
I usually don't like contemporary because of the cold, uninviting feel. But this is really warm and almost cozy?
March 21, 2014 at 12:58pm     
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My Houzz: Going White and Bright in Montreal

White lacquer and wider doorways help create an airer backdrop for colorful contemporary art in a 1910 Arts and Crafts home Full Story
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Lindsay
Why do people paint wood that wasn't meant to be painted? *tears*
March 21, 2014 at 9:01am     
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dimaia
It makes me sad to see such beautiful, stain-grade wood trim covered with paint.
March 21, 2014 at 2:11pm     
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Susan Hayward Interiors
How about something like this - light and beachy!

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abbyjean
Lots of furniture in a small room, huh? Is it possible to put the two chairs in front of the window and move the couch where they are? I feel like you need at least one lamp in this room and maybe take down the mirror since it is not reflecting anything special right there. Once the furniture is set in place, the art needs to be lowered......6-8 inches over the back and maybe more of it to fill in the spaces instead of just smaller ones scattered around the room.
December 22, 2013 at 12:37pm     
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abbyjean
Just noticed the two ottomans on the wall......if the chairs move, center the coffee table with one couch and maybe one of them can fit by a chair to sue? If you do not need them, I would move them out and find something to cover the outlets there instead.
December 22, 2013 at 12:41pm     
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simps214
@Stephen Watkins, a 'bump' happens when a comment is made just to generate more interest in a thread though the bumper may not have suggestions of their own to offer.

The more comments you have, the more likely it is that others will offer you advice or that those with a similar dilemma can take advantage of the discussion.

Think of it as an online forum's version of a 'shout-out'. :)
March 20, 2014 at 7:17pm   
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Oh and since I have no new suggestions...

BUMP!
March 20, 2014 at 7:17pm   
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brickln
Yes- painted and antiqued would go well here.
March 22, 2014 at 7:05am   
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Mrs Doubtfire
Unbelievably simple upgrade: new hardware. Knobs on doors, pulls on drawers (unless of course, like my kitchen, you already have existing holes to deal with). Trade out that scalloped shade for something more contemporary--maybe a honeycomb shade? Glass tiles on the backsplash to brighten and add some shine, and declutter the walls and counters. If your cabinets are already full, figure out what can be eliminated or sold in order to make room. That row of cuteness over the window is distracting--clearing it would make the whole room more elegant.
March 22, 2014 at 7:10am   
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schmooopie
GREAT nick alwzrt!!! Took me all day but I finally figured it out... you must know my mother...
March 30, 2014 at 4:36pm   
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schmooopie
AND my daughter!
March 30, 2014 at 4:37pm   
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TanCalGal
Click "find a pro"
March 19, 2014 at 9:16pm     
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Kari D
Since my daughter's room has an ensuite with a beautiful claw foot tub I would change it to a guest room. She's only 2 though, so I'm not going to think on that one too hard right now.
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shamo1
Make sure you leave a ghost of their presence; medals, special items, picture, etc. Just a touch of them to remind you and them of their past and moving into the future.
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Launch Home Systems
Just install an Automation System and stop having spousal arguments all together :). I have clients that have SOLAR POWER and STILL argued about ELECTRICITY. We put in a lighting control system with about 20 motion detectors. The home knows how they like to live AND can adjust on the fly. They never even need to touch light switches.
March 24, 2014 at 2:06pm   
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tsudhonimh
I usually forget to turn them off.

We'll be installing motion detector lights in the new house for some rooms.
March 24, 2014 at 2:17pm   
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michee627
Personally, I think gray is a bit of a trend but I also think that it is neutral enough that it won't date out like others would - and it would depend upon the gray you chose probably. I think of historic house re-dos I've seen with painted gray cabinets where it is really fitting, which means to me it is more timeless. I'd definitely get rid of the uppers and find another way to add storage if you can. On your other questions, it would help (me) to have a layout to look at as well as the pics. An easy way is to just draw it, pencil in some overall room dimensions, take a pic of your drawing and then attach the image! :) Of course the real designers on the site probably could figure it out without that :)
July 26, 2013 at 6:40am     
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simps214
Well, grey has definitely been trendy but I think a grey stain is unique enough to stand the test of time. I've posted a picture of Oak cabinets with a light grey stain and white countertops for inspiration!

Also, I think it's a great decision to remove the cabinets facing the dining room. Have you considered cabinet organizers or maybe even a small hutch for extra storage? I'll include a picture of some of the inexpensive organizers I've used.

I would put the microwave on a shelf; it can be difficult to match countertops and you're right to want to save counter space.

As for flooring, have you considered cork? It's quite comfortable, warm and forgiving on dropped dishes. I think it'd compliment grey washed cabinets.

Your dining set is really cute but if you're concerned about matching the kitchen then why not stain the lower half of the table? It could go a long way towards unifying the two spaces without making such a big change to your dining set.

I am in no way a professional but I hope it helped. Good luck!

P.S. You're right to keep your appliances-renovations are expensive enough!
March 19, 2014 at 8:49pm   
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simps214
I've grown tired of the 'trend' of negative comments on otherwise enjoyable websites... :(
March 19, 2014 at 4:48pm     
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Donna
Wow, I guess I'm out of style before I even get started! We are in the process of building my dream house in SC at a lake and the Sheetrock is being hung as I write.

We sold a log house that we lived in for 11 years, and after looking at brown walls, brown floors, brown ceilings, and overly dark, drab cabinetry for so long, all I want is bright, bright, bright!!

My house is an open concept house.

My kitchen and living room cabinets are painted white with a charcoal grey glaze. My kitchen island will be painted in a chalky dark blue. My counter tops will be quartz with a mosaic tile backsplash. My appliances are stainless (although I hate cleaning them, white ones would be too much).

My TV will be over my gas logs and mantle.

My floors will be hardwoods in open area and halls, carpet in master bedroom, guest rooms and office, and tile in wet areas.

I also have a air jetted deep soaking tub and a large walk in shower with 2 handhelds and a 12" rain head in the center.

I chose chrome as the finish on my faucets throughout the house because it is timeless and I want a more contemporary look in the house.

The paint in the open rooms will be a light to med-tone grey with blue undertones with white trim. In the guest rooms, a griege that I can decorate around without having to spend a fortune, I am leaning towards a muted plum for my master bedroom with silver accents.

Also, I have recessed cans in the den, kitchen, and master bedroom along with ceiling fans with light kits (except for kitchen).

After reading this post, I guess I'm just going to have to be outdated before I been move in! However, these are things that I like as I will be the one paying for them and living with the choices I make! I guess that it also depends on where you live.

I'm excited to finish since we've been building since Jan 2013. We are our own GC and sub everything out. We research every decision and check prices and quotes. It may take us longer to build, but the money we have saved is worth the wait!
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lhburns
As many have said, Donna, do what makes you happy!
That being said, hee, do NOT like pedestal sinks and a big HUH?!? to backwards books. I guess I'm really behind here!
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See-Through Refrigerators Dare to Go Bare

Glass-front fridge doors put your food and drinks on display, for better or worse. See the benefits and disadvantages Full Story
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Kathleen Leal
Seriously doubt this would help anyone beside myself in my family to actually locate items on their own, they'd still stand there baffled, with the GLASS door opened:)
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